January 23rd, 2021

Heart of our City going Old Hollywood for its Celebrate Downtown gala

By Kalinowski, Tim on February 15, 2020.

Clara Piedalue, along with fellow Heart of Our City committee members Councillor Mark Campbell, Dawn Leite and Lorien Johansen, announces details for the annual Celebrate Downtown Gala, set for May 1 at the Multicultural Centre. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald


The Heart of Our City Committee will be holding its fifth annual Celebrate Downtown gala on May 1 at the Multicultural Centre.

Lethbridge residents are encouraged to nominate the city’s greatest downtown champions, who will be recognized for their achievements at the gala.

“We’re absolutely kicking it up a few notches,” said gala co-chair Clara Piedalue at a special launch event on Friday. “We are going to be recognizing in seven categories this year.”

Categories include the Unsung Hero Award, the Transformation Award, the Innovator Award, the From the Heart Award, Event of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and the People’s Choice Award for overall downtown champion.

The Celebrate Downtown gala is free of charge to attend, and will have an Old Hollywood theme this year, said Piedalue.

“There is going to be some red-sash velvet ropes. There’s going to be a little red carpet. And, obviously, we’re going to spoil our nominees.”

Piedalue encouraged everyone who could to come out on May 1 to show the downtown some love.

“We wanted to launch Celebrate Downtown on Valentine’s Day, because, downtown, we have a crush on you,” she said. “We are vibrant together. We’re vulnerable together. And we’re stronger together. And that’s what Celebrate Downtown is all about. It’s coming together as a city, and bringing the heart of our city together to celebrate downtown.”

Nomination forms can be found at http://www.getinvolvedlethbridge.ca/ourdowntown. Nominations close on April 3.

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